Natural gas leak forces some West Side residents from their homes

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CUMBERLAND — A leaking underground natural gas line that allowed the substance to enter into a sewer line prompted evacuation of a few Greene Street residences late Wednesday, according to the Cumberland Fire Department.

An odor of natural gas outside in 500 block of Greene Street resulted in calls to the Allegany County 911 emergency center and dispatching of Columbia Gas Co., Cumberland fire and police departments, city water and sewer personnel and Potomac Edison.

"Up to seven residences in the immediate area of the intersection of Greene and Allegany streets were contacted for evacuation. One resident refused to leave and three were taken to the Sheetz convenience store," said Cumberland Fire Department Chief Donnie Dunn.

Firefighters went door-to-door to make contact residents.

The odor was created by a gas line leaking at a storm drain, Dunn said. Repairs were completed by Columbia Gas and residents were allowed to return to their homes at about 1:30 a.m.

Nine city firefighters responded to the incident under direction of Battalion Chief Steve Grogg. Units cleared the scene at 1:45 a.m.

Volunteer fire units from Bowling Green, Cresaptown and Ridgeley were alerted for standby during the incident, according to Todd Bowman of the Allegany County Department of Emergency Services. 

Fire Marshal W. Shannon Adams of the Cumberland Fire Department said firefighters assisted evacuated residents to return to their homes.  

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